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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

As we are all now confined to our homes, I thought that I would share a few fun historical facts about where I find myself every day and write my weekly blog: The Lodge.

In 1868, when Trinity College School moved from Weston (in the northwest part of Toronto) to Port Hope, the School was located on the spot where The Lodge sits now. At the time, the 10-acre site belonged to Thomas Ward, a lawyer. His home was large enough to provide space for 30 boys, four teachers and a matron to sleep in. The classrooms were about a kilometre away (down what is now known as Ward Street) in a brick building that the boys walked to and from over the course of the school day.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

If you enter the grounds of Trinity College School from the east, off Rose Glenn Road, you will see directly in front of you our impressive LeVan Hall, visual arts wing and Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre. If you cast your gaze to the right, you will see in the distance our Boulden, Hargraft and Hay sports fields. In the forefront, our beach volleyball, outdoor basketball and tennis courts complete an extraordinary welcome to what are usually very active spaces, particularly in spring.

Standing in front of our tennis courts is a modest sized apple tree. There is no sign indicating a tribute to an alumnus; nor is it, at first glance, a tree that would necessarily catch your attention outside of when its gorgeous pink blossoms are in bloom.

But, it’s my favourite tree on campus.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

How are you doing on your work-life balance goals? If you are like most of us who work in our chosen professions, we can take comfort in the fact that we spend a significant amount of time doing what we enjoy and rely on “counterbalancing” those other critical aspects of life during our extended break times, like during March Break.

And, kids need a break too!

I am more than aware that many parents believe that kids have it easier than they did and question why schools like TCS have so many breaks, including two full weeks in March. Without getting into both the pros and cons of March Breaks, let me outline what I believe are a few of the benefits and important “to do’s” to accomplish the intended results of this school break.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

To what extent is your reputation determined by hearsay, rumours or “fake news,” as opposed to facts? Similarly, as a school, what criteria are used to determine Trinity College School’s reputation?

A recent online article by reporter Douglas Parkes in the South China Morning Post suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie, would be well served if he attended one of seven identified “top schools” in Canada; TCS was referenced in the article. I found the article quite amusing but I was particularly surprised by how many people forwarded the article to me and how many others wanted to chat about the possibility of this prospect. For some of our community members, the article was proof-positive that TCS was officially a “Top 7” school in Canada.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

For those who know me, it is no surprise when I say I am a fan of the Caribbean. When I was a kid, the Bahamian Department of Tourism had an advertisement that stuck with me. The slogan, “It’s better in the Bahamas,” is still used today and you will get no argument from me! Also offered in the Bahamas, is a sweet soft drink called Goombay Punch that I try to sample in person every year.

Of the many countries and dependent territories considered to be a part of the Caribbean, TCS has had representation from a number of these islands over the course of our history. St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Saint Martin, St. Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, among several others, have been some of the island nations that have been well represented at the School on the Hill.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Anytime there is a conversation, discussion, debate, observation, compliment or criticism about "kids these days” and the role of the educational system, I am quick to remind my fellow conversationalists about the role genetics, parents and parenting styles also play in the raising of children. And, I assert that young people today, generally, are not that different from us when we were their age. On the other hand, I certainly believe parenting and parenting styles have changed a great deal.

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Thursday, February 06, 2020

This past weekend, the School hosted one of several annual open houses for prospective students. We had approximately 30 families in attendance and our admissions office (a.k.a. “The A Team”) once again did a terrific job of welcoming and hosting everyone. Many students, teachers and staff also participated in the day, helping to capture and demonstrate the essence of our learning community.

Personalized tours of our facilities were conducted by kids; adults were available to visiting families should they want clarity on any and every aspect of the TCS experience; prospective students were interviewed; and four of our students acted as panelists who eagerly responded to questions posed by interested families.

It’s a challenge to capture the essence of TCS in three hours.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Does it sometimes seem that many areas of interest or necessity invent their own language in order to prevent you from communicating properly? For instance, many of us struggle when trying to explain to an auto mechanic what you believe the problem is with your car. Or, how about going to a home improvement store and attempting to explain, in your own words, what tools and supplies you need to repair a problem under your kitchen sink. I tend to use the terms “thingy-me-bobber” or a “what-cha-call-it” a lot on such occasions.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

This past week our beloved school released The Strategic Plan for Trinity College School 2020-2025. The plan contains three pillars, six goals and is estimated to result in more than 150 tactical initiatives over the next five years. That’s a lot of numbers, a lot of words, and a lot of well-intentioned planned actions. You can read all about it at: www.tcs.on.ca/strategicplan.

That said, given you might not find the time to read the entire plan, let me offer you the following summary, in a nutshell.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The cost of educating our kids keeps rising. This is true whether your child is attending an independent school, college or university. How do families cover the costs? One thing is for certain: the stereotype of TCS being filled exclusively with kids from affluent families is a thing of the past.

I was recently reading an article in the winter 2020 edition of Independent School, a U.S. publication produced by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In the article, NAIS Vice President, Mark J. Mitchell, sheds some light on how families who have chosen an independent school are able to afford to do so. A NAIS online survey (“The Parents’ Financial Statement,” 2018-2019; 1,891 respondents) provides Mitchell with some data that offers insight into the choices parents are making in order to fund their child’s independent school education. I share some of these key findings below:

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